“What I learned from helping the homeless is that it is better to make a contribution to others who need it rather than to yourself” – Yunqi Ji, a Project 5K volunteer
These days, I browse my social media and see various posts of people volunteering, helping the homeless, stripping half naked to give their clothing away or going out of their way to buy meals whilst talking with the homeless and discovering their background stories. In the past, reading those comments of gratitude and ‘FAITH IN HUMANITY RESTORED’ always made me wonder what I could have done to make a difference. But it’s the 21st century and I’m too lazy to go out and help out strangers without a real reason.
Then I walked into high school. Watching my brother struggle to get his 40 hours made volunteering one of my top priorities. Throughout Grade 9, I joined school clubs and councils to fill up those hours.
On a whim, I applied for a few youth councils, but I didn’t think I would get accepted. Applying to these councils have definitely been one of the best and most dramatic experiences in my life. Turns out volunteering can be pretty fun!
So if you’re a couch potato like me, I want to give you a few reasons why you should stop watching “Orange is the New Black” and go volunteer.